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Le petite manchette

Added Nov 24, 2009

by minnietheminks

Thurso, United K...






My major work project for the final year of my costume course. We had $200 NZ dollars and $80 NZD of workroom stock to make our chosen garments ( i came in under the radar at 163.30 NZD and 50 NZD). I wanted to make a mid 18th century gown and did so!

These photo’s where taken in a professional photo shoot for an award winning NZ hair artist.

Material Notes

Taffeta, cotton voile, lace, organza ribbon, pearls, silk and gimp




Garment Type
Cotton, Lace/Sequins, Organza, Silk, Taffeta

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    Mar 18, 2016, 01.01 AMby rosieheagney

    Fantastic! You would of never known that you spent under £200 on it – so picturesque.

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    Jul 24, 2015, 03.51 AMby Franci Kettman

    Absolutely stunning! Great job.

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    Oct 19, 2010, 01.26 AMby marloncosta

    You are sooo telented! I see Madame Pompadour in this picture! This is a gorgeous and faithful version of the fashion of the18th century. The bows on the mid-front bodice, the color, the neck piece, the sloped shoulder, even the make up… outstanding!!! STANDING OVATION !!!

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    Mar 6, 2010, 07.25 AMby hokidoki

    Modern day Marie Antoinette, simply amazing…

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    Feb 10, 2010, 09.56 PMby eliwer

    Amazing work! I am so impressed! thank you for a beautiful inspiration!

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    Jan 27, 2010, 09.34 PMby florentinalola

    wow, this is a beautiful gown!

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    Dec 15, 2009, 08.08 PMby amyxandra

    Gorgeous and sumptuous and authentic! I loved the earm colors and the elegant print fabric you used for your stays.

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    Dec 15, 2009, 08.08 PMby amyxandra

    Gorgeous and sumptuous and authentic! I loved the earm colors and the elegant print fabric you used for your stays.

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    Dec 15, 2009, 03.44 PMby elipeh082

    Absolutley delicious, you look like a doll!

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    Dec 14, 2009, 04.02 AMby essiebessie88

    PLEASE tell me where you’re at school so I can dream about going there!!!

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      Dec 17, 2009, 08.36 PMby minnietheminks

      Hi, I went to new Zealand Drama School : Toi Whakaari, for 2 years :)

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    Dec 12, 2009, 11.15 PMby forevadafool

    it looks so good, I can only dream of making something as stuuning way to go it awesome.

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    Dec 10, 2009, 01.18 AMby cherwingate

    Absolutely gorgeous! And the photography and hairstyling set off your project to perfection. Wow. . . :)

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    Dec 10, 2009, 01.03 AMby fashiongirl90

    Absolutely beautiful!!!! I absolutely love costuming and you obviously have a lot of talent with sewing. Keep up the great work!!!!!

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    Dec 9, 2009, 08.13 PMby allydally

    everything about this is beautiful! beautiful costume, styling and pictures. i congratulate you!

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    Dec 9, 2009, 04.41 AMby scandium

    That’s a million kinds of awesome. And even more awesome that you’re a NZer too.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 09.40 PMby serendipityhandmade

    It is breathtaking! Amazing work!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 04.35 AMby erinkg

    Absolutely gorgeous!

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    Dec 7, 2009, 06.49 PMby mrsjoker

    really nice, authentic looking too

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    Dec 7, 2009, 06.25 PMby twohippos

    absolutly amazing!

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    Dec 5, 2009, 11.21 PMby be-bops1

    Swoon.. costuming is my dream job~ LOVE THIS

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    Dec 5, 2009, 03.46 PMby trinitystar

    wonderfull job you did there!!

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    Dec 4, 2009, 06.31 PMby joycenbert

    I’ve had my machine for a year. I bought it to make duvet covers that open on 3 sides. It is brilliant and has made just over 480 duvet covers. I was the first owner.

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    Dec 4, 2009, 01.44 PMby marta-sotillos


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    Dec 4, 2009, 08.52 AMby sewing-diva059

    Unbelieavably awesome, beautiful, I love it, congratulations!!

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    Dec 4, 2009, 01.19 AMby dianehd

    BEAUTIFUL..!!!!!!! How can I get the pattern? This would be so perfect for the Fetes de la Nouvelle-France…

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      Dec 6, 2009, 01.12 AMby minnietheminks

      I used a pattern from Jean Hunnisett and consulted Janet Arnold too. I was lucky enough that my tutor had already drafted the pattern and keep it so i did not have to make it up, but in both books the pattern drafting is based on grids etc so time consuming but not impossible.

      For my trim I reserached portraits and museum databases on the web. If you go to my blog you can download my work journal and it has all my references on it and techniques I used so free to have a look :)

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    Dec 3, 2009, 07.16 PMby dreamchipper

    As an historical costumer I must say bravissimo! Beautiful, beautiful work! I especially adore the corsette work.

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    Dec 3, 2009, 12.26 PMby Nana Amoakowaa Agyemang

    your work is splendid !!i wish i could sew something like that

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    Dec 3, 2009, 11.46 AMby allyoop

    Outstanding job! I’ve never tackled a project this big, but once in a while I love to sew something absolutely beautiful. there is nothing like that feeling. Best of success to you!

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    Dec 3, 2009, 09.54 AMby ipires

    UAU UAU UAU! Amazing. Did you sew the stays as well? Super, and love the whole look with the deconstructed wig!

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      Dec 6, 2009, 01.09 AMby minnietheminks

      Hiya, yup i sewed the stays as well, I love the material and went back to get more but it has solded out, luck I got what i did. The hair is awesome eh? By Derek Elvy, he is a genius. Thanks

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    Dec 3, 2009, 06.57 AMby inax5

    this is great and the small details (trim, ruffles) make it exquisite.

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